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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
I think it's clear that the 2% (1%?) (.5%?) Of the ACBL that can benefit from dropping in are for it. Not sure that this is an unbiased opinion (nor to a lesser extent is that of those who play and might lose to a drop-in, I suppose). But ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Making it to the quarterfinals is much more difficult. I doubt anyone feels otherwise. So is winning the Masters. It just shouldn't get you entry into the middle of an elimination tournament.
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Nice post, and an extreme proves the point. Why just after round 1? Meckwell is clearly better than any pair including me, so if I win an open event, should I then have to play them for the title if they were busy in the Bermuda Bowl or somewhere else ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
I don’t like drop-ins Max I am, For I think they are a sham, I do not like them in San Fran I would not like them if in Cannes I do not like them here or there I do not like them anywhere I do not like them ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
"As someone who is going to enter the Blues, I think it is unfair to me *not* to allow drop ins. On the very small chance I win, I will know I did so against a field that excluded some of the strongest pairs that would have liked to play ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
For the most part if people lose, they are playing in something else. But for tournaments like the GNT or Spingold, I think a one time entry fee makes sense. Everyone pays double the first round of an elimination, and the ACBL collects the same fee, and you don't ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
Why does this seem like the only business model I've ever seen that tries to piss off their best and most prestigious customers? "Mr. Smith loves our restaurant. We should charge him extra. He'll still come, since he loves it." "The Johnson's come to our resort every ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
"Finally, playing against bridge professionals is an attraction to most bridge players who recognize that they cannot play golf with Tiger Woods or play tennis with Billy Jean King." While for me, this has great appeal, I think the proliferation of KO's and stratifications have eliminated this 'attraction'. This ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
I really like the idea of crediting club players, the backbone of the ACBL. You give a discount to people who support the ACBL all year, and create an incentive to go to a regional. Every 10 club games gives you 50% off an entry in a regional. As for ...
Not Losing Money on NABCs
2) Many of the juniors we hear about are ones that have been traveling to tournaments since they were young. Who would have been taking them if their parents a) didn't play and b) could afford to not only travel a lot, but pay a lot of entry fees ...

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